5.1.048 For all events scheduled on one day, the order of events must be as follows:
1 Men juniors
2 Men under 23
4 Men elite
(article introduced on 16.06.14)
This might be my favorite rule of the year. No longer will the women’s field (or any field for that matter) be at the whim of a promoters preference. It seemed many who disliked being required to host a women’s race for a C1 event decided it was often appropriate to schedule the women’s race first, often at 10am. Sometimes this early start time meant officials were not ready to register riders until shortly before the event was due to start. For many who double up their duties helping both genders (this author included) this comes as a welcome change."
Really interesting analysis of the new rules brought in for cyclocross - have a look
So these are great days for women’s sport, right? The Olympic legacy has been translated into higher all-round visibility for women’s sport, greater participation, more sponsorship and increased coverage, hasn’t it? In a word, no. Just two months after the Olympic flame was extinguished in 2012, the Women’s Sport and Fitness Foundation reported that women’s sport only received 5% of coverage and 0.5% of commercial sponsorship.
Last year one of Britain’s quality newspapers pledged to “make sure our pages highlight the best of women’s sport, as well as men’s”, but a quick scan of their cycling coverage includes little more than articles on Victoria Pendleton’s performances on Celebrity Bake Off and pictures of the multiple gold medallist in an evening dress. The cyclocross season and the achievements of Britain’s Helen Wyman is not given an inch of space. The picture is no better elsewhere. Even dedicated cycling sites – the go-to places for credible, up-to-the-minute news – struggle to cover topics beyond elite male road racers."
CM: Do you actually still like riding your bike, in and of itself? Or has it simply become what you do – your calling, so to say?
HK: Good question. It’s a kind of love-hate relationship. Sometimes I cursed the fact that I was caught in the rat race and was forced to subjugate myself to a team, sponsors and my race schedule, live a disciplined life and fulfill the fans’ and public’s expectations. But in the last few years, I have become more relaxed and I can enjoy the possibilities that I have as a professional athlete a lot more. I love taking a long training ride with colleagues (when the weather is good). And I value the fact that my sport allows me to constantly meet new, interesting people and discover new places that I never would have seen. I’m thankful for my health and that I can challenge myself physically when I ride my bike."